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Problem with new Hard drive


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I put a new 80gig WD hard drive in my XP machine with NTFS
which had a 60 gig and 4 gig WD drives
the old 4 gig had been a boot drive but was reconfigured (how?) to be a slave
with its original partitions intact
I removed the 4g slave pinned the 60g put in the 80G

XP sees the newdisc hardware , let me install the 80G,
sees the drives correctly, but wont see the
data on either the 60G or when swapped out , the 4G drive.

I have them backed up but would like to not overwrite them if possible.
as I don't entirely trust my backups
What would let me see the old data on the ol HD's?
?Partition Magic? some other process I haven't yet found?

Any clues to what is happening here?
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Are these drives recognized by your BIOS? You may have to enable the second IDE channel.
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Yes
That is what is weird to me
They are seen on boot and identified properly
when The set tings hardware identifier is run the drives are seen but as empty and presumably unformatted

When the old system was put back together it ran just as it had before, booting and recognizing the data on the old drives

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Old system was

60G boot , 4 g slave

I was trying to make the 80 the new boot and thte 60 g the new slave
removing the 4 gig because that is no bigger than a dvd nowadays
Xp loaded without problems , beyond the hard drive recogition

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